Rangers have confirmed that Graeme Murty has been “relieved” of his duties as manager in a statement released on the club’s website – but the Gers board have even managed to make that far more complicated than it needs to be.
The Ibrox giants announced in an official statement that Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson would take charge of the side for the final three games of the season with Murty taking some time to “consider his options.”
The 43-year-old could return to his previous role as Under-20s head coach, although that seems unlikely, and it would probably have been in everyone’s best interests to have a clean break – the board taking the complications of the move to the next level.
As someone who has watched Murty at close quarters with the Gers youth side, it is clear he was doing a really good job preparing the youngsters for the step up to the first-team but after the way things have turned – particularly in recent weeks – that is only likely to cause more conflict between the club and fans.
With the manner in which Murty has been treated by the Ibrox board being widely criticised, the former Scotland international might decide it is in his own best interests to move on and, while no one would not blame Murty if he makes that decision, the events of the last six months means the Gers look like losing a member of staff who was much more valuable to Rangers inside the camp than outside.
The shambles at Ibrox have hit a new low – and it requires some immediate attention if it is to be fixed any time soon.